Warrnambool trainer Canterbury King looking at jumps racing long-term

LONG-TERM VISION: Warrnambool trainer Peter Lafferty believes Canterbury King will be a jumper down the track. Picture: Morgan Hancock
LONG-TERM VISION: Warrnambool trainer Peter Lafferty believes Canterbury King will be a jumper down the track. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Canterbury King will struggle to win a $18,000 high-weight race on the flat at Warrnambool on Wednesday  but the five-year-old may develop into a handy jumper, according to his trainer Peter Lafferty.

Lafferty, the son of the late legendary Warrnambool trainer Kevin,  played down Canterbury King’s maiden victory at his 19th race start last month.

“Canterbury King got all the favours to win his maiden at Ballarat,” he said.

“It’s hard to see him winning two in a row on the flat. This race is a tough affair.

“Darren Weir has the top weight Skilled Hunter. His runners must always be respected and there’s a few other handy horses in the field.

The long-term goal is a jumping career for Canterbury King. Shane Jackson has done a lot of work on him and we think he’s a worthwhile prospect for the jumping caper.”

Lafferty hopes Canterbury King will get his jumping ticket within the next few months.

“He’s sound, can stay and we hope he can develop into a nice jumper,” he said. 

“Jacko has a good opinion of Canterbury King and I rate Jacko as not a bad judge but we can only wait and see.”